Eva Longoria is adding a new title to her résumé: fashion designer. The star just launched her first-ever clothing line, The Eva Longoria Collection, exclusively at The Limited, and the extensive collection seriously has something for every occasion.
“I like to call it from work to wine,” she told InStyle at an exclusive preview of the collection, which is available in stores and online on Aug. 15. Longoria designed with the “young working professional in mind.”
“I think so many of those women want a versatile wardrobe without the price tag, so a lot of these dresses and outfits you can wear to work and then take off the jacket and now it’s a sexy dress. I think that’s important, for women to be able to mix and match things,” she said.
Mix and match she definitely did. The line includes everything from power suits to dresses, skirts, blouses, denim, and even graphic tees with sayings like, “Wine a little, laugh a lot.” Plus every piece in the extensive line is engineered for comfort, which is how Longoria would describe her style.
“I have a very specific opinion about how fabrics should feel against the skin,” she said, gesturing for us to feel her baby soft tees. Fabric isn’t the only thing she was particular about: The former Desperate Housewives star invited the designer into her closet to make sure every piece in the line feels like her style.
“I said, ‘These are my favorite items. This is my daily uniform,’” she said of the design process. “I love a dress where you can just zip up and go, but I also love a jean. I think a jean should act like Spanx, pulling everything in. So she just kind of absorbed everything Eva and then kind of came back to me like, ‘What do you think of this?’”
The result truly captured “the DNA of Eva,” something that this avid sewer was adamant about. “I started sewing when I was really young and started with throw pillows and curtains and then moved my way into Halloween costumes and then to dresses for my friends,” she told us. “I just love the construction and seams and stitching, so I always wanted to do my line, I was just waiting to do it because I wanted to fully immerse myself into the DNA of what I wanted it to be, and until now I hadn’t had the time.”
It’s a miracle that this hard-working star ever found the time, revealing that the collaborations has been in the works for two years and there are plenty more collections with The Limited headed our way. After wrapping up work on Telenovela, the 41-year-old actress is returning to the small screen this fall in Decline and Fall, and new mini-series.
All of that work isn’t going unnoticed: Longoria was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I remember when I moved to Hollywood, I went on that street and I was like, ‘One of these days, I want one of these stars.’ And this was 20 years ago. For it to be happening is truly exciting and I’m so honored to be chosen to get one,” she said.
Keep scrolling for an exclusive first look at Longoria modeling some of the gorgeous pieces from the new line, and head to thelimited.com to shop a preview now.
1. The office-appropriate knit dress
“This is power knit. You can tell, it kind of has a great thickness but yet it’s light and fun,” she said. “I like anything that accents the waist, like the peplum.”
2. Her curve-hugging denim
“My daily uniform is jeans and a blouse or jeans and a blazer, and so we have some great denim in the line.” The jeans were made with a stretchy material, designed to suck you in and highlight your curves.
3. The power suit
The line includes both skirt and pant suits, with mix and match-friendly pieces. Longoria says to rock this figure-flattering two-piece “if you’re feeling a little Hillary Clinton.”
4. The functional cape
What does Longoria think is the most interesting piece in the line? This functional cape. “You can go to work in this. You can have lunch in it. You can type in it. So many capes are so limiting for your movement that you’re like, okay, I look cool but this is not really functional,” she told us. This one, though, is designed to give your arms full movement. “The construction of it is just genius. It just stays on, doesn’t move, but yet it’s dramatic and fashionable.”
5. The color-blocking “sexy” dress
“I like the illusion of the colorblocking here,” she said of this dress, which perfectly transitions from the office to after-work drinks. As for the accessories, Longoria tells us that shoes will soon be added to the collection. Until you can wear one of her own designs, the star loves to pair “a simple strappy shoe” with the look.